Red Sox 5, Rays 3

Cody Ross helped the Boston Red Sox rebound from a frustrating


Ross homered and drove in four runs, Felix Doubront won his

third consecutive start and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3

on Thursday night.

”I was going after this game tonight,” Boston manager Bobby

Valentine said. ”The guys really wanted this game, and I was just

going to do everything we could to win it. Just frustration (from

Wednesday’s loss), and we wanted to get back into the winning


The Red Sox were beaten 2-1 on Wednesday. The Rays’ go-ahead run

scored when Ross, in right field, had problems with the Tropicana

Field roof and had to backpedal to catch Luke Scott’s shallow

sacrifice fly.

Ross extended Boston’s lead to 5-2 Thursday on a two-run single

off reliever Wade Davis with two outs in the eighth.

”Cody was big,” Valentine said. ”Cody will give you

everything he has, and it’s enough for me.”

Doubront (4-1) allowed two runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings.

The left-hander was hit on the ear by a ball during batting

practice Tuesday and cleared one day later to make his scheduled


Matt Moore (1-4) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings

for Tampa Bay, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

”I thought he finished really strong,” Tampa Bay manager Joe

Maddon said. ”That’s definitely a game to build off. He definitely

pitched well enough to win. Confidence is a big thing. I know he’s

going to sleep better. Despite the loss, he’s going to feel better

about himself. That’s just a right step in the right


Moore retired his last 10 batters. He struck out eight and

walked one.

Alfredo Aceves, the fifth Boston reliever, got four outs for his

eighth save. He allowed B.J Upton’s RBI single with two outs in the


After falling behind in the count 0-2, Ross worked a

bases-loaded walk off Moore to put the Red Sox up 1-0 in the first.

Moore avoided further damage by striking out Daniel Nava to end the


Boston went ahead 2-0 on Marlon Byrd’s second-inning homer. Ross

made it 3-0 with his seventh homer, on an 0-2 pitch with two outs

in the third.

Jeff Keppinger got the Rays within 3-1 on an RBI single in the

third. Upton reached base with two outs when Kelly Shoppach was

charged with catcher’s interference and went to second when Luke

Scott was hit by a pitch.

Rich Thompson, who has played in 1,388 minor league games, cut

the Tampa Bay deficit to 3-2 with his first big league hit, a

run-scoring single in the fourth. Thompson, acquired in a trade

with Philadelphia on Wednesday, also stole second and third after

his hit.

The Rays loaded the bases later in the fourth with two outs, but

Scott hit a hard liner that was caught by first baseman Adrian


”We always have pretty good series against the Rays,” Boston

shortstop Mike Aviles said. ”The fact they won (Wednesday) in a

close game, and another close game today, it’s definitely good to

get that win. Bobby did the right thing mixing and matching later

in the game.”

Aviles was ejected in the seventh by plate umpire Dan Bellino

for arguing after striking out. It was his first career


”Guys had complaints tonight and I was with them,” Valentine

said. ”We’ve got to fight through it, that’s for sure. We’re

trying our hardest, and I think they’re trying their hardest,


Tampa Bay second baseman Will Rhymes was not in the lineup a

night after being hit by a pitch in the right arm, fainting after

walking to first base and having to be driven off the field on a

cart. Maddon said Rhymes, who is day to day with a bruised right

forearm, was feeling better and wanted to take batting practice but

the team trainer wouldn’t allow it.

NOTES: Tampa Bay senior adviser Don Zimmer returned to Tropicana

Field for a game for the first time since the opening weekend of

the season against the New York Yankees. The 81-year-old ex-Red Sox

and Cubs manager has been undergoing dialysis for kidney problems.

… Valentine said DH David Ortiz will play first base and Gonzalez

will move to right field for at least one game of this weekend’s

interleague series at Philadelphia. … Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria

(partial tear left hamstring) took grounders and continues taking

batting practice.